Learning about shapes will help your child identify letters, and help them with writing and reading later on. Letters are made up of circles, triangles and lines. Drawing the curved lines of a circle or oval shape and the lines in squares helps your child to write letters.Often, recognizing the shapes in the letters helps a child to recognize the letter too, important for developing reading skills.
The first step in learning how to draw is to learn how to draw basic, simple shapes. Almost anything can be drawn using shapes, such as a house, a cat, a book, a ball. This makes it easier for your child to progress from stick drawings to more detailed artworks – and if they have talent, they will use shapes to draw and paint in the future as well.
Shapes are extremely important in basic and more advanced math. Shape patterns help your child to develop sequencing and logic skills that they will use later in their school career.
Pin Poking is a great way to strengthen hand muscles, especially the pincer grip muscles (those used for holding a pencil or pen). This is GREAT practice for pre-writing and helping to control those movements which will later be used for writing.
Pin Poking is also a great way to cut out intricate shapes for those too little to control scissor movements. If you pin poke close enough you can tear through the paper to "cut" out your shape.
Kids love pin poking because they get to use a sharp object and when they are done, they get to look through the holes or use a flashlight to "project" the image on the wall. This sense of discovery is very interesting to a child but the element of "danger" or being responsible enough to use a sharp object is also intriguing.
Pin Poking can be done using an extra large push pin found at most office supply store. You can also purchase a special tool specifically made for Pin Poking but I've found that the large push pin is just as effective and because of the shape, it helps to force the child to hold it correctly.
This Pin Poke A Shape Basics PreK-K Pack includes:
Pin Poke A Shape: Square
Pin Poke A Shape: Circle
Pin Poke A Shape: Triangle
Pin Poke A Shape: Rectangle
Pin Poke A Shape: Oval
Pin Poke A Shape: Diamond
Pin Poke A Shape: Pentagon
Pin Poke A Shape: Octagon
Pin Poke A Shape: Star
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